Northampton man celebrates 100th birthday with family and friends

John Lloyd before his 100th birthday party
John Lloyd before his 100th birthday party

A born and raised Northampton man will be celebrating his 100th birthday with a party among family and friends.

John Lloyd, who lives in a bungalow in Parklands, grew up in Kingsley and sung as a choirboy at Christchurch.He worked for East Midlands Electricty Board for 48 years and served as an electrician during the Second World War.

He married Mollie Kimbell, also from Northampton, in 1941 and the pair had two daughters, Sheila and Delia. Mollie sadly passed away in 2007.

Mr Lloyd, who enjoyed fishing and golfing, now has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and his own father, John Thomas Lloyd, was an advertisement manager at the Chronicle & Echo before he retired in 1954. His son still reads the paper, front to back, every week. After 40 years of service with the company, his death in 1980 made Mr Lloyd Snr Northampton Mercury’s oldest pensioner.

Mr Lloyd’s daughter, Sheila Wood, now 66, said: “At first he didn’t want a party because he didn’t think he had so many friends left, but after we got so many messages from people wanting to visit him on his actual birthday on May 20, we knew we wouldn’t be able to get them all in the house.

“We will be doing an afternoon tea for about 65 guests around the country, including my sister in Portsmouth.

“Dad is really looking forward to it.”